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Sichuan (Wenchuan) Earthquake
BBC: Sichuan 2008: A disaster on an immense scale
In terms of the energy released, the Magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck Sichuan province in China in May 2008 was not a record-setter. But the destruction it wrought, and the number of people it affected, certainly make it a stand-out event.
The impact of the Sichuan quake was not only felt through the death toll and significant economic loss but also in terms of the sheer number of people affected.
Sichuan quake once-in-4000-year event
People who were killed, injured or bereaved in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake had the cruel misfortune to be victims of an event that probably occurs just once in four millennia, seismologists report.
Recovery: Sichuan Earthquake
Video: Earthquake explainer
Sichuan Earthquake: Aid
UN steps up aid efforts for victims of deadly quake
The UN refugee agency is supplying 11,000 tents to provide emergency shelter for 55,000 people, in response to yesterday’s request by the Government.
Lessons from the Sichuan earthquake
The response to the earthquake was dominated by the Chinese government. Although the government invited international humanitarian assistance, few international NGOs engaged directly in emergency response, for a number of reasons.
China’s Wenchuan Earthquake Recovery Project
In May 2008, an earthquake centred on Wenchuan County in Sichuan province hit Sichuan and the neighbouring province of Gansu. The Wenchuan Earthquake Recovery Project for China followed, bolstered by funding support from the World Bank and relief aid coming from around the world and from all over the People's Republic of China.
The project succeeded in its reconstruction goals, rebuilding vital infrastructure and healthcare and education services.